The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for America

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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8.7 X 10.7 X 0.5 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Kathleen Krull (1952-2021) was the author of over 100 books, including No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader; A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull; Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought); The Only Woman in the Photo; and other acclaimed biographies for young readers. Visit her website at

Alexandra Bye is a freelance illustrator specializing in fun, colorful illustrations for a variety of media such as editorial and children's publications. Her work is constantly inspired by her flourishing New England community and reflects the energy and dynamic personality of hometown pride. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, Nordic ski racing, Jiu Jitsu, studying nutritional therapy, and hiking in the White Mountains with her dog, Oliver.


"Brimming with realistic detail about the difficulties of pursuing one's goals and making a difference while functioning as a woman in the first half of the 20th century...Krull smoothly describes Perkins' influences and motivations, her sensitivity to and awareness of injustice, how she overcame some of the fears and constraints she faced, her development as an advocate, and her many a kid-friendly and accessible appealing, informative picture-book biography that showcases the accomplishments of a great American heroine."--Kirkus Reviews "November 1, 2019"
* "Frances Perkins is credited with creating the U.S. Social Security system, so she's long overdue for some
attention....The book's presentation is appealing, the content is suitable for reading aloud, and the back matter and list of sources will be appreciated by researchers. This is a fitting tribute for an inspirational role model."
--Booklist - Starred Review "November 15, 2019"
"Krull does a laudable job following Perkins from compassionate child, to champion of laborers, to industrial inspector, to advisor to the president, including plenty of quotes from Perkins that offer insight not only into her accomplishments but also into the personal struggle and strategies that allowed her to excel at early twentieth century politics on an all-boys team."--BCCB "November 15, 2019"
"Weaving in quotes from Perkins, Krull crafts a deft introduction to the achievements of a remarkable woman."--Publisher's Weekly "January 6, 2020"
"This inspiring biography of a woman who paved the way for so many future long overdue. Krull's straightforward yet passionate narrative is packed with information, succinctly pinpointing key biographical moments and explaining complex history. Direct quotes from Perkins in stylized hand-lettered script accompany Bye's child-friendly digital illustrations, which are as dynamic and colorful as their remarkable subject." --Horn Book "March/April 2020"